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PGMA committed to sign senior citizens act, Palace insists

Manila (15 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will sign the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 once she finds time for it in her busy schedule, a Malacaņang official said on Sunday.

Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said President Arroyo has been very busy these days with her Super Region communications campaign in addition to her day-to-day governance work.

Olivar stressed that President Arroyo, who is a senior citizen herself at 62, is committed to signing the bill regardless of calls to reconsider especially with its possible impact on the country's revenues.

The measure will allow senior citizens to enjoy the full 20 percent discount on the purchase of essential goods and services accorded to them by law. The 20 percent discount was mandated by Republic Act (RA) 7431, which was enacted in 1992, and later expanded via RA 9257 in 2004. (PIA-Bohol)

Palace: 'Speaker Arroyo' still pure speculation

Manila (15 February) -- It is still too early to discuss whether President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be fielded as the administration's bet for Speaker of the House of Representatives, should she win as congresswoman for Pampanga's second district.

This was what a Malacaņang spokesperson said on Monday, amid claims of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD members that Mrs. Arroyo would be their bet for the top House post.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Charito Planas in an interview over dzXL radio said it is just speculation at this point. The bottom line is that the Speaker's post is a result of an election to determine who will be the Speaker. Planas added that it was too early to tell if the President would also be part of the House majority or minority bloc.

On Monday, a report from the Philippine Star quoted Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano as saying that Lakas-Kampi would likely have the numbers to install Mrs. Arroyo as House Speaker. (PIA-Bohol) [top]

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